Your favorite editor has before him at this moment a letter from the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame informing him that, by a unanimous vote, he has been selected for induction into the class of 2010. Third time's the charm with this one, since I'd been nominated twice before. And I'm tickled &#%@-less. Heh, heh, heh ...
This is quite a deal because among the 112 members (through 2008) are Douglas Southall Freeman, Roger Mudd, Tom Wolfe, Ann Compton, James J. Kilpatrick, Russell Baker (NYTimes columnist), Paul Duke (AP), Earl Hamner, Willard Scott, Max Robinson (ABC), Lloyd Dobbins (NBC) and David Baldacci.
I absolutely don't deserve to be in that company, but I'll take it and I'll celebrate it on April 1 (how appropriate) when I get to put on a tux and pick up the hardware in Richmond. Virginia Commonwealth University has been the sponsor of the designation, which began in 1986.
Four other Roanokers (Frosty Landon and Buster Carrico of a local daily, radio broadcaster Herm Reavis and TV heavyweight John Harkrader) are members. You might also want to count Ann Compton, since she went to Hollins University in Roanoke and worked for WDBJ-TV.